Richard Wall Lyman
|Richard Wall Lyman|
|Seventh President Stanford University|
|Term||1970 – 1980|
October 18, 1923|
|Died||May 27, 2012
Palo Alto, California
|Alma mater||Swarthmore College, Harvard University|
|Spouse||(Elizabeth) Jing Schauffler|
He served as the provost of Stanford between 1967 and 1970. He then served as president of the university from 1970 to 1980. During his tenure as provost and president, he confronted campus dissidents involved in protests against the Vietnam war and other social issues of the 1960s. In the spring of 1969, he called in law enforcement authorities to evict and arrest students that were occupying campus buildings and removing administrative files. In referring to his leadership during his tenure, both of his immediate successors as president of the university have said that "Dick Lyman saved Stanford." 
Lyman earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and his master's degree and PhD from Harvard University. He was a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics from 1951 to 1952. He came to Stanford in 1958 as a professor in history.
He married Jing (1925-2013) in 1947 and they have four children. Jing Lyman was herself very active in the University and supported the founding of the Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies) in 1974. She was a "leading national figure in initiatives promoting fairer housing, community development and women’s economic empowerment."
The Lyman Graduate Residence built in 1997 on the west side of campus is named for Richard Lyman and the Jing Lyman Commons Building within it for his wife.
He died in 2012 of heart failure.
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- 'At the Hands of the Radicals', Stanford Magazine. January–February, 2009.
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- The Lyman Award, National Humanities Center/
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- "About Lyman". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
- "Richard W. Lyman, Stanford's seventh president, dead at 88". Stanford Report. May 27, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
Kenneth S. Pitzer
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